Where To Find Ideas

This page provides a quick link to information you can use in your faith community for bulletin-board postings, flyer hand-outs, newsletter articles, and bulletin inserts. This list is but a sampling of the information available on the National Health Information Center website .  When you click the link above you will land on their Health Observances page.  If you then click the NHO Calandar at a Glance it will take you to listing of health observances organized by month.  Simply scroll to the month of interest and you will find a full list of observances for that month and a link to information you can use.  Don’t forget to always list your source!

Monthly Promotional Ideas

  • Jan: National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • Jan: Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Feb: American Heart Month
  • Feb: National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • March: National Nutrition Month
  • March: National Kidney Month
  • April: National Minority Health Month
  • April: National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • April: National Autism Awareness Month
  • May: Mental Health Month
  • May: National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • June: Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
  • June: Men’s Health Month
  • June: National Safety Month
  • July: Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Aug: Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Aug: National Breastfeeding Month
  • Aug: National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Sept: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Sept: World Alzheimer’s Month
  • Sept: National Recovery Month
  • Sept: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • Oct: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Oct: National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Oct: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Nov: American Diabetes Month
  • Nov: COPD Awareness Month
  • Nov: Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Nov: National Family Caregivers Month
  • Dec: Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Congregational Care and Cancer

UCC Faith Community Nurse Leadership Team in partnership with authors James DeBoer and Laura Fitzpatrick from Yale Divinity School have launched a new resource titled: Congregational Care and Cancer.

The purpose of this resource is to orient you to some of the central questions and considerations that may emerge as you journey with those in your faith community affected by cancer. The PowerPoint slides and Handbook will guide you in leading group discussions on this subject.

The resource is geared to facilitators of faith community health ministries (both lay and nurse led, Deacons, Clergy/Pastors, Called to Care Ministries, grief ministries or any group within your congregation that practices spiritual and/or physical care and healing.

Download the tools today!

End Portion Control: The New (Ab)Normal

Summer is right around the corner and that means vacation and travel time for many of us. Traveling can make it harder to eat healthy with fast food as the highest number of resources for quick and easy meals along our highways. Not only do these places provide unhealthy foods – they also feature larger portions. Check out the website The New (Ab)Normal, which addresses the increase in portion sizes for popular food items from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even if you are not traveling this summer, or doing a stay-cation, this will be helpful information to share as it’s not always easy to find healthy, smaller-sized meals in our own communities.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness

September – National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Since it’s inception in 1995, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education and support for women with ovarian cancer and their families. Help is only a call away at 1-888-OVARIAN. “Ovarian Cancer is more than a woman’s disease. It affects the entire family. Believe me…I know.” This information from NY Yankess Manager Joe Girardi can be found on their website as well as ways to find a local chapter, “Break the Silence” Campaign, a Test your Knowledge tool, and downloadable brochures.

Pink Ribbon Sunday: Mammography Awareness Program

Across the country, congregations of all denominations are helping to save lives by joining the Pink Ribbon Sunday Program developed by the FDA Office of Womens Health (OWH). The program provides leaders like you with free resources to help educate the women in their church and community about mammography. This education is vitally important because we know that mammography screening is the best tool we have to detect breast cancer early. Lack of screening can lead to later diagnosis, later entry into treatment and even increased mortality.
Pink Ribbon activities range from mobile mammography events and health fairs to “Pink” luncheons and concerts. Pink Ribbon events can be held any day of the week depending on the beliefs and preferences of your community.

Visit the Pink Ribbon Sunday website to access free resources to help you plan a mammography awareness activity for your health ministry including:

  • Pink Ribbon How-to-Guide
  • Mammography Fact Sheets and Cards (available in bulk)
  • Flyers and Handouts (online only)

To get technical assistance from a FDA staffer in your area:
National Contact: Kimberly A. Thomas